Cats are living longer and longer. This is due to better medical care and the fact that more cats are living only indoors. These cats commonly live up to 15 to 18 years of age, with a few living i ...View Article
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Posted on 04-04-2018
Before you give your cat a tidbit off your plate, learn about people foods you can give your cat that isn’t harmful to their health. Just because cats and other pets nibble readily on various people foods doesn't mean that food is safe for them to eat. For example, chocolate, bread dough, raisins, grapes and xylitol contain chemicals toxic to cats. Also, never let your cat chew on indoor or outdoor plants unless you know for sure the plant is non-toxic to cats.
Here are safe foods to feed your cat which includes:
Cats are carnivores and need meat protein to remain healthy. You can safely give your cat lean deli meat and cooked chicken, beef, and turkey to eat. However, do not give cats raw meat. It could contain parasites or illness-causing bacteria producing serious illnesses requiring immediate veterinary treatment.
Oats are rich in protein. You can also give your cat barley, brown rice and mashed corn mixed with oats. Always cook whole grains before feeding them to your cat to facilitate digestion. Uncooked oats may cause obstructions in their digestive system.
Most cats love egg and cheese omelet’s for breakfast! Eggs and cheese provide loads of protein for cats. Always cook eggs before giving them to your cat. Raw eggs contain bacteria while egg whites contain a protein called avidin that may cause a biotin (essential for skin health) deficiency. Cooking degrades avidin to eliminate the risk of a biotin deficiency.
Nothing gets a cat's nose quivering more than the aroma of fish. Make sure the fish you give your cat is fully cooked and deboned. Small fish bones can get caught in your cat's throat or pierce internal organs if swallowed. Raw fish contains enzymes that break down and reduce thiamine levels in cats. Cats suffering a thiamine deficiency often develop anorexia, problems with coordination and aggressive behavior. Raw fish may also harbor parasites, especially worms, which live inside cats.
Giving your cat people food occasionally is fine but never replace "real" cat food with people food. Canned and dry cat food produced by pet food manufacturers provide cats with the vitamins and minerals they need to stay healthy and enjoy long, active lives. Vaccinating and spaying/neutering your cat also contributes to your cat's life-long good health.
If you have questions about what you can and should feed your cat or would like to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian at A Cat Hospital, please call 702-454-4400 today.
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